How to Rename a Mailbox for Apple Mail


Apple Mail, which is the default email application in Mac OS X, supports inboxes for multiple email accounts and mailbox folders to organize your messages. You can change the name of an inbox or mailbox at any time to a more relevant name or anything you like. You can rename a mailbox folder with the center-click system used to rename files in general in OS X, but to rename an inbox, you will need to access your Mail Preferences.

  • Click a mailbox folder once in the center of the title. An edit square appears with the text highlighted. Type the new name for your mailbox, and press "Enter."

  • Select "Mail" from the top menu bar, and then select "Preferences" to change the name of an email inbox.

  • Click the "Accounts" tab, and then click the account for which you want to change the name in the left column.

  • Locate the description field, and click once in the center of the current description to select the text. Type a new name for your inbox, and press "Enter." Repeat this process for any other email accounts for which you want to rename the inbox, and close the "Preferences" window.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can rename most files and folders in Mac OS X by clicking once in the center of the item name.

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